I sat in the north end zone (student section) and watched as our MNC chances slipped away. That was the first time I really knew what it meant to hate Lou Holtz.
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I sat in the north end zone (student section) and watched as our MNC chances slipped away. That was the first time I really knew what it meant to hate Lou Holtz.
That was my first UM/UM game, too, as a senior also in the student section, watching Foggie waterbug around on that 31 yard gain at the end. Can't complain much about that year overall, though.
*I'd go to about one game a year for some years after I graduated, and somehow managed to be at Kordell's Hail Mary, Desmond being tackled in the endzone by MSU, and the 22-22 tie with Illinois the year after we socked them 20-0 in Champaign.
stop going to games.
Lou Holtz was not Minnesota's coach for that game. He was in his first year coaching in South Bend. But he was surely hated in no time.
It was two years ago, we won like 58-0, and I left after the 3rd quarter.
You should mever leave early against Minnesota. The Jug is unveiled after the game.
I remember this game very well. It was the first (and only) game I've ever been to with my mom. It was also a week after clockgate in EL. Michigan came out and just pounded the football. 300 rushing yards in the game. Ol BJ Askew was running wild.
My second Jug game was a miserable rainy, cold day in 1988 where Michael Taylor broke his collarbone and the team rode the defense to a 23-7 win.
I think my next Jug game was another miserable, wet day in 2007 where we won 31-10 after spotting them a 10-0 lead.
The only Minny game with nice weather was 2011. Nice game, too.
My brother was a freshman at UM. My mom and sister left at halftime, my dad and I stayed until late in the 3rd quarter. We were sitting on the east sideline, section 3 or 4 near the upper stadium entrances. Rainwater was cascading down the steps. We went back to West Quad to attempt drying out in the lounge near the Thompson St. entrance, waiting for my brother to give up and come back. Third UM game ever for me. Saturday will by my 10th against Minnesota and 99th overall.
Didn't much like it.
Some dud with dreads in the wrong uniform set up a field goal that ruined my day. Losing the Little Brown Jug my freshman year was not what I expected, let alone a 7-5 year.
I believe it was Maroney who planted the Minn flag at midfield after the win. Or tried to, it's artificial turf dude. I'm glad that era has passed. Plus Minny had a cheap-shotting DB who was diving at our wideouts' knees after the whistle and braying at the crowd. Very frustrating day.
Same here. That game sucked. That game started my grumpiness towards Lloyd Carr.
This is the only Minnesota game I've been to and like you I did not much like it either.
I was at that one as well. At that time 7-5 seemed like the worst thing that could ever happen. Ick.
I just realized that Minnesota is the only team I have not seen in-person, which is strange because I have seen every other Big Ten team (save Neb) at least three times.
The "Botch Job at the Bighouse."
Miassive kick to the balls.
That was my first Minnesota-Michigan game as a student and I remember filing out of the stadium and this older gentleman said in the saddest tone imagineable: "they got the little brown jug." That was the second and hopefully last time in my life that Minnesota gets their grubby hands on the jug.
Both teams began playing for overtime with like 8 minutes left in the game. They were trying to run out the clock when they sprung that big gain. That was a bizarre ending to a game.
At least Breaston took one to the house. That is the only kickoff return for a touchdown I have ever seen live.
in what I believe was the 2004 game where Michigan opened up the second half with a drive that I believe lasted about 13 and a half minutes. Was pretty spectacular while also quite boring
That game was amazing and terrible at the same time.
2008 was my freshman year, and I remember being the most ecstatic I'll probably ever be to win the Little Brown Jug
Not my first time (I would have been young to remember) but I went to a couple games at the Metrodome because my family lived in Minnesota back in the 90s. I remember one game, sitting a couple rows in front of two drunk Michigan fans who spent the entire game adapting Bill Murray's anti-gopher lines from Caddyshack to apply to the game. Comedy gold!
As for the game? Well, I wasn't alive the last time the gophers won in Minnesota, so I guess we won.
At the time, I was in high school, but the first time I saw Minnesota play Michigan was in Ann Arbor in 1992. It was sandwiched in between games at Bloomington and at West Lafayette, I believe, and as I recall, we manhandled them by a fifty-point margin. That was also the first year of Greg Mattison's first stint at Michigan, I think - in 1992, it was as the defensive line coach.
will be my first Michigan vs Minnesota game for the Little Brown Jug and I am beyond excited!
2007. Ryan Mallett show! Probably his best game at M
Even if I had to look up mine. But there will be lots of great memories for the "big" games, and some highlighting of the lesser foes. Would have to skip weeks like Akron, or U-Conn (remember when we played them a few years ago? That was cool.)
Anyway, it was 1990, a very unmemorable 35-18 win. Actually losing at halftime but beat them 28-8 in the second half. Ricky Powers and Desmond Howard ruled the day.
As a student in 1990. Don't remember a damn thing about it.
I was at this game, but pretty young. I remember the female Michigan cheerleaders picking up the Gopher mascot and ramming him nuts-first into the goalposts for every point michigan scored that day. Funny.
They used to do that with just about every opponent's mascot. It was fun. Probably too politically incorrect to do today. I don't think they ever got that little Leprechaun bastard, however. Of course, it didn't really matter because as we know now he has no balls.
This seems like a very narrow "niche" topic; my first time was at a hotel, not a football game, let alone specifically a Michigan/Minnesota game...
OH! Wait a minute; your title was a bit misleading. Oddly I have never seen the gophers in person. I haven't seen Nebraska yet either, but I think I've seen every other B1G team.
Or was the money left on the dresser...?
It was actually my first live Michigan game and I was a freshman in high school. I was always a pretty crazed Michigan fan growing up, despite having no real family connection or legacy to the university. Neither of my parents went to college and neither of them were sports fans. So, I never had the opportunity to attend a game before. This time, a friend's parents bought him tickets and provided a ride to the game, and knowing that I was such a big fan, decided to bring me along.
Let's just say that it was magical for a kid who only ever dreamed of going to a game. I knew my Wolverines, but I had no idea about the traditions, the atmosphere, the tailgating, or really how special the Big House was. I don't remember the final score (31-10 because I looked it up), but I remember Michigan dominance, doing the chants and cheers, watching the student section, and learning about the importance and history of the Brown Jug. For this reason, the Minnesota game, despite it's modern lack in luster, will always be important to me.
Freshman Ryan Mallet starting in place of the injured Chad Henne. We won 34-10. Manningham with a cool 5 rec, 162 yds, and 1 TD. Hart was also out with an injury, but Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown each rushed for over 100 yards.
Freshman year... A 52-17 shellacking. Good times.
The first game I saw against Minnesota was 2004...bullshit.
edit: My mistake. 2004 we came back in the final minutes. I was at the 2005 game as well, and THAT one was bullshit. Looks like we're headed for overtime...AND GARY RUSSEL BREAKS A TACKLE AND HE'S HEADED DOWN THE SIDELINE!
I would've bet a million bucks that it was Mauroney who busted that long run, but I think you may be right about Russell. Both backs had over 100+ yards rushing. So that sucked.
EDIT: Definitely Russell. Mauroney's long carry for the day was 15 yards. Russell 61. Mauroney rushed for 139 on 36 carries, while Russell had 128 on 18 carries. That DID suck.
My first was probably (it's possible I went to one when I was younger, but I don't know) 1990, when Tripp Welborne tore up his knee on a punt return in Michigan's last home game on astroturf. I've been to a large number of others, most recently taking my oldest daughter to her first ever Michigan football game last year at TCF Bank.
Most of mine were in Ann Arbor, of course. The best of the ones I attended was the 2004 game. I think between 90 and 04 I either attended every game (they were cheap to get into) or only missed one in the early 90s, but they kind of all blend together.
That's back when it seemed like we'd lose an important player every year vs. Minnesota.
Aside from the loss, the only memorable event was the girl sitting next to me throwing up all over her friends to the right of her. We were freshmen, but apparently not all of us had learned to handle their game day drinking.
1972. I was 13 and my brother was finishing up Dental School and I sat with him and a bunch of his Dental School Fraternity brothers and 84,000 other fans (pre 100k days). Dennis Franklin, Ed Shuttlesworth and Gil Chapman led the way to a 42-0 shutout of the Gophers.
I remember girls being passed up and the cheerleaders doing push-ups for every point we put on the board. And that was back in the day when ANYTHING was allowed in the stadium. I still remember my brother taking the apple cider that was being passed down the row away from me saying "you really dont want THIS cider Donny......"
although I was just 5, so other than "we played Minnesota" and "we beat them handily", I couldn't really remember anything else for sure. Oh ... also "the stadium is the most biggest thing ever." (Which is probably the case even if you are not five years old.)
For years I was convinced that we had left early and that it was actually a 49-0 game. (I lucked into a ticket when a friend's family had an extra one for some reason, and we moved three years later, so by the time I was old enough to wonder, it was too late to ask.)
So it was pretty much what you'd expect at the time: not Ohio? Then it'll be an easy win.
That turned out to be the only home game I've seen (see: moved three years later), so Michigan's averaging 42 points per home game I see in person. I should make plans for the Ohio game.
1972......a 42-0 shellacking with Ed Shuttlesworth pounding in a few TDs........and the first time I saw Minnesota as a Michigan undergrad, it was a 49-0 in 1974.
the only loss that year was to Purdue by 1 point. Bob Timberlake at QB and it was the only win vs. Minnesota in a 6 or 7 year stretch (ouch). BTW - the largest crowd at Michigan Stadium that year was right at 70,000 .... probably band day !!! OK I was less than 10 yrs old - but Michigan Stadium was my favorite place to be !
What a depressing drive back to Pittsburgh that was. And I am going to the game this Saturday, so history better not repeat itself.
1997, the only time I saw the national championship team in person. It was homecoming. A noon start ( students showed up for noon games back then) it was dark and cloudy but the rain held off. Watched the marching band play a few songs for the alumni who were enjoying a pancake breakfast.
Had nose bleed seats about 70 rows up in the north end zone. Woodson scored a long TD on a reverse to start the second quarter. Defense played great as usual. Game ended 24-3. In the final minute, the student section started chanting, "bring on Penn State!!" As you all know, the following week was Judgment Day in Happy Valley.
The rain didn't start until the car ride home, as I was listening to the radio while Sparty was getting pounded by Ohio.
I saw two more Minnesota games in person at the big house in 2007 and 2011. Once again, the weather was dark and gloomy.
I'll tell you Sunday.
Moeller was the coach so it had to be 1993 or 1994. We killed them and my dad wanted to leave in the 3rd period. Ho hum.
EDIT: it was 1992 (just talked to my dad). Final score was 63-13 according to the internet.
That was Michigan's 1,000th game. Derrick Alexander had a record 4 touchdown receptions.
I told my dad that Minnesota's uniforms had a similar color scheme to FSU. He said, "Thank goodness that's not who we're playing."
We ran into a dad of one of the Minny players who worked with my dad. First time I ever heard the "Taken behind the woodshed" comment.
Now THAT team knew how to beat up on bad opponents.
Drove to the game from Saskatchewan, Canada because this is the closest Michigan will ever play to me. Got a text in the stands 5 minutes before kickoff from my friend back home saying Denard is out for the game. I became instantly ill and nervous. Then watched Devin Gardner suck so bad in the first quarter, and then play unreal for the rest of the game.
Interesting. How long was the drive?
2011 game. Were we that good, or was Minnesota that bad?
Watched Deshawn and Manny destroy the gophers at home. Zach Gibson played good. And Darius Morris played his best game of the season.
The game was witch tit cold with half ass snow. Minnys kicker was having a dreadful game, so they sent him out at half time. The kicker started kicking before the net was up. Needless to say the balls went into the crowd then over the top of the stadium. Dad bought me all the hot chocolate I wanted and he kept drinking out of a small silver shiny thing. Good times.
and the manager forgot to pack the water jug. Coach was livid. . .It was an expensive jug.
Saturday will be my first....game against minnesota.
2007- I was in high school and my buddy's grand parents gave us tickets and let us stay with them the night before in Ann Arbor. Still remember Carlos Brown ripping off that long TD run right infront of us. I believe I went to three games that year. The Horror, Minnesota and Penn St
We beat them 38-22. The most notable thing to 12-year-old me coming into the game was that Minnesota's QB and RB were named "Schade" and "Darkins," which I found funny.
But this was the "Walter Smith game," one of my favorite Michigan football memories. Smith was a senior who had been elected a team captain but blew out his knee before the season started. He came in for one play near the end of the game, which I noticed and pointed out to my dad. They threw him a pass where he was lined up and fell down for a 2-yard gain, and the entire stadium started chanting "Walter, Walter."
There used to be video of this game on WolverineHistorian's channel, but it got T3'd.
For me it was during the 1997 season and I was 7 years old. I remember two gopher fans sitting in front of me and my dad. Me being 7, I of course bet them 10 bucks that Michigan would win. They were good sports and bet me, then of course lost (I believe the score was 24-3). When it was time to pay up, my dad told me I wasn't getting a penny from them because I couldn't have paid my end of the bargain had Michigan lost. I still feel like the Minnesota fan base owes me...
I'm watching my first this weekend. I'm confident it will be a great experience, not a dong punch.
A win for sure, I think it was 24-3
I had no student tickets because I was a freshman international student, so I scalped a 3rd row ticket at the gate 2 miniatures after kickoff for $1, ended up being a lot of fun and the best assigned seat I ever got for a game at the big house.. Believe it or not, a friend gave me a ticket for free for that season's ND game and OSU game..
2011. Seems strange because I've been to eleventy-billion games over the years, but never watched the Gophers in person. Dominated that day. Great weather. BWC obliterated someone.
I'm driving up from Richmond(va) to see this game, never seen Minnesota. I am undefeated going to games at UM, jinx. Last time I went was RRods first year, we beat Miami(oh) or some mac team, I don't remember, to close though. Road games, 1-2, saw the NC in 97 if that counts as road. Saw us lose at Oregon and UCLA. 10-0 at home.
Yet the three road games you've seen have been at Oregon and the Rose Bowl?
northern California, moved to VA, wife went to vcu for med school.
Had tix but couldn't go to the 86 game.
Saw the first half of '88 from the 50 yard line; saw the second half in an AA bar where it was dry.
Always hated Minnesota - there was a horrible streak in the late 80s where seemingly every Minnesota game meant a season ending injury: Tony Boles and Tripp Welbourne for two, IIRC.
The 1986 game was my first time going to a Michigan game I was 11. The next time I saw Minnesota at the Big House was the 2005 game. I have personally banned myself from attending Michigan vs. Minnesota football games. The one thing I remember about the 1986 game was the weather seemed horrible.
I got a late start compared to some. My first "Little Brown Jug" game was in 2007. It was a very wet, damp, cloudy day. Fourtunately for my buddy and I, a group of older gentelmen let us get under their canopy and stay dry during the tailgate. I will never forget those guys. Not only for letting us chill with them and stay dry, but because they were hilarious. A fun group to hang with.
The game was decent. Mallett started in place of the injured Chad Henne. Michigan won fairly easily. Even know it was cold and wet and the game was in hand, I had to stay to watch the seniors carry the jug off the field and down the tunnel. An experience I could not miss out on.
As a student in 2011.
At this point I was becoming obsessed with Michigan football, and I was amazed that we had managed to go through the non-conference schedule with a perfect record. At that point in 2011, I still didn't think we were that good. I had no idea that we would even come close to a BCS bowl that year, along with wins over Nebraska and Ohio State to cap the regular season.
What was my first UM-UM game? Took me a little while to remember -- and I had to go back to the ticket stubs to confirm. But yeah...it was that damn 2005 game.
Both my parents went to Minnesota and I grew up in the Twin Cities as a gopher fan before I came here for school. Saw Hart and Henne cruise to a fairly easy win in a quarter empty Metrodome with plenty of Michigan fans in attendance. Second LBJ game was much happier for me in the student section in 2011. 58-zip, hoping for a similar outcome to this one.
Like a lot of people have posted already, my first Jug game was 2007. My only memory of it was that it was overcast and that we won fairly easily. Thanks to the posters above, I now know that Ryan Mallett played and that our RBs had a great game.
I have much clearer memories of a few other games from that season...
Freshman year. The game was Michigan's fourth shutout of the season: 45-0. Ohio would be Michigan's fifth shutout about a month later. Michigan was flying high, undefeated, and on it's way to W. Lafayette where they stubbed their toe against Purdue the following week.
The most memorable aspect of the game was the arrival of my next door neighbor from South Quad somewhere in the 2nd quarter. He stumbled in wearing a T-shirt and jeans on a gray and cold day that probably didn't get above 40 degrees. The keg party we had in his room the night before did him in. He woke up late, saw we were all gone, and headed out the door. It didn't occur to him that it was really cold until he had walked a few blocks and then he decided he didn't want to lose more time by heading back to the dorm. He was turning blue by the time he got to our seats. So, we all contributed sweatshirts and whatever else we could spare to get him through the game. Those were the days. Drinking age was 18 and if you wanted to bring a keg into a dorm, it was not a problem.
Nice morning..took extra money to party after game..Halftime came..got very cold very rainy..spent money on coat and gloves at MDen..went home broke..had fun..Michigan won
Freshman year. I remember thinking "our defense really had problems containing that mobile quarterback. Oh well, I'm sure they will look at film and next time we face a mobile quarterback we'll be fine"
This will be my first one. Hope all goes well.
Thanks for reminding me.....
It was so non-descript that I cannot remember any of the game and had to look it up on wikipedia just to make sure we did indeed play that year. Sounds like every other Minnesota game ever played
I think it was 1992. I think I only went to one or two non-conference games in '90, so it would have been '92. I've always had a soft spot for Minnesota, always really liked Goldie and that goofy M when I was a little kid, even if I was still a diehard Michigan kid.
I was still in high school and I went with my friend, his Dad, and two other guys I knew. It was Homecoming and an absolutely terrible day weather-wise. It was cold and raining all day pretty much. The game was one of the most one-sided blow-outs I've ever seen in the Big House. The final score of 45-0 does no justice to how bad it was. Minnesota never crossed their 40 I think the entire game. Michigan basically stopped trying to score part way into the 2nd half and both teams by then wanted to get into the locker rooms. By halftime, less than half the crowd was left due to the weather. We stuck it out for some reason. The only game I was more cold and wet after sitting through was the NU game a few years ago.
Was at the 1988 Michigan Minnesota game. The game was a late start in freezing cold heavy rain. It was dark by the time the game started. The stadium was half empty at kickoff. I sat on the 50 half way up, because I could.
Don't ever believe the implication that the "consecutive games over 100,000" BS means attendence.
1966 UM 49 - Minn 0. My first game ever at the Big House. Dick Vidmer to Jack Clancy with some Ron Johnson. Go Blue!
I was about to turn 7 years old and it was my first Michigan game of any kind. Michigan was destroyed 17-0 by the Gophers led by Carl Eller and Bobby Bell. The game was not as close as the score indicated. Michigan could not do anything at all on offense, finishing with 50 yards total offense (96 passing and negative 46 rushing).
Michigan did have some promising sophomores on the team including Bob Timberlake, John Henderson, and Mel Anthony. Two years later they teamed with another great group of sophs - Jim Detwiler, Rick Volk, Frank Nunley and others -- to win the Big Ten and Rose Bowl.
My second Michigan game was also versus Minnesota and this time Michigan destroyed the Gophers, 49-0.
I honestly remember nothing about it and had to look it up. We won 52-14.
I'm pretty sure anyway. Our only home game against Minn when I was a student (we didn't play them in 1999 or 2000). We won 31-10 but I can't remember it at all (I had to even look up the score). I think it was the week after the Spartan Bob clock fiasco, so everyone's mind was probably on other things.
Next to 2005, 2001 was probably the most unfulfilling year of the Carr era. Agonizing losses to Washington, MSU and OSU (we didn't play ND) and then the Citrus Bowl beatdown. Oh Henson, why'd you have to leave a year early to play baseball?